Radon gas is one of many hazards covered by the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and as such, landlords must consider it in their property risk assessments. When a tenanted property lies in a radon affected area, the landlord must complete a radon test within the property to measure the radon concentration and ascertain whether any remedial work is required.
If radon concentrations exceed an annual average level of 200 Bq/m3, known as the domestic ‘action level’, the landlord has a duty of care to limit the tenant’s exposure by carrying out remedial work to reduce the radon concentration. Guidance also exists that recommends reducing radon levels above 100 Bq/m3 if the property is home to a smoker or ex-smoker, so many social housing providers are adopting this level as the threshold for further action.
propertECO offer a full range of services to social housing providers to help them manage the risk of radon across their property portfolio. This includes:
|1. An initial postcode assessment of the housing stock to ascertain which, if any, properties lie within designated radon affected areas|
|2. Radon testing within social housing properties using passive radon detectors. We offer a ‘place and collect’ service whereby our engineers will visit each property to place the detectors and collect them again after three months. Alternatively, the detectors can simply be posted to a central contact at the housing association for placement by internal staff or onwards postal distribution. Results reports will be produced rapidly upon completion of the testing and clear guidance given on any properties where further action is required|
|3. Where elevated radon levels have been found, we carry out a property-specific survey to assess what type of system will be most appropriate, where it should be installed, location of electrics, the ground composition (e.g. grass/soil, paving slabs, tarmac or concrete), wall thicknesses, required height of discharge pipework and so on. After our surveys, we will issue you with a full report and quotation including photographs and specification of works for each property. Our nationwide team of engineers are experienced at working in tenanted property and we receive excellent feedback from customers on their work.|
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